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Historic Neighbourhoods - Chinatown

Historic Neighbourhoods

Strathcona, Downtown Eastside (DTES), Chinatown, Gastown, and Yaletown are the oldest neighbourhoods in Vancouver. These historic neighbourhoods are a part of Vancouver's past, and will continue to play an important role in Vancouver's future. These vibrant neighbourhoods host a huge variety of interesting arts and cultural events, festivals, facilities, and services. Details on what's new and what's happening in Yaletown are found on our Downtown area page. You can stay up to date with news and events affecting our other historic neighbourhoods on the Hastings area page.

On this page, you will find information about city initiatives affecting these historic neighbourhoods and other heritage-related topics.

City Planning & Park Board initiatives

Carrall Street Greenway in the Downtown Eastside

Great Beginnings: Old Streets, New Pride

Creating projects that restore our founding neighbourhoods' original public appeal through improvements to public spaces, support for arts and cultural activities, celebrations, and street festivals for both residents and visitors.


Chinatown revitalization

The Chinatown revitalization plan will preserve Chinatown's unique heritage while bringing new life to the community.

View of downtown

Protecting Vancouver's views

The City is working to protect our spectacular ocean and mountain views, while permitting the development of taller buildings in strategic locations.

People gathered at Victory Square to watch a music concert, with heritage buildings along Hastings Street in the background

Downtown Eastside Plan

The Downtown Eastside Plan provides a vision, policies, and strategies for the Downtown Eastside that focus on ways to improve the lives of low-income DTES residents and community members.

Oppenheimer Park, the Downtown Eastside's backyard

Oppenheimer Park Commemorative Project

The Oppenheimer Park Commemorative Project is a celebration of the rich cultural history of this park in the downtown eastside of Vancouver.

How we protect Vancouver's heritage

Heritage advisory groups

Heritage advisory groups

How we protect heritage properties

The City has a range of incentives and protective measures that encourage the restoration and continued use of heritage buildings.

Nominate a site to the Heritage Register

Do you know a historic place that should be formally recognized on the City’s Heritage Register? Help us identify historic sites in Vancouver that are important to you using our easy online form.

Find a registered heritage building, site, or tree

Download the Vancouver Heritage Register to find over 2,200 registered heritage buildings, parks, trees, and monuments.

Heritage plaque program

Heritage plaque program

Discover your home's history

Ever wondered when your home was built or who lived there before you?

Vancouver Heritage Foundation

The Vancouver Heritage Foundation is a registered charity dedicated to supporting the conservation of Vancouver's heritage buildings through public awareness and granting activities.

Visit their website 

Tourism Vancouver

Tourism Vancouver

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